John Patrick Byrne, b. 1940. Artist, dramatist and stage designer (Self-portrait in a Flowered Jacket) (1971 -73)
About this artwork
John Byrne has combined several careers - playwright, theatre designer and artist. In his most famous play, 'The Slab Boys', Byrne drew on his experience as a paint mixer in a Paisley carpet factory. During the 1980s Byrne wrote the cult television series 'Tutti Frutti', followed by 'Your Cheatin' Heart', which used country and western music as a backdrop to a comedy of Glasgow life. Byrne painted this self-portrait after returning from California and the influence of the 'Flower Power' hippy era can be seen in his appearance.
- title: John Patrick Byrne, b. 1940. Artist, dramatist and stage designer (Self-portrait in a Flowered Jacket)
- accession number: PG 3068
- artist: John ByrneScottish (born 1940)
- depicted: John Byrne
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Painting
- subject: Writing and literature Self-portrait
- date created: 1971 -73
- measurements: 147.00 x 91.00 cm (framed 150.00 x 94.50 cm)
- credit line: Presented by the Scottish Arts Council 1997
- copyright: © John Byrne. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016.
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Byrne was born in Paisley and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963. He has worked as an artist, playwright and theatre designer. Byrne uses a variety of styles and techniques as he has always tried to avoid being associated with particular styles or movements in art. In 1967, following a lack of success with London galleries, Byrne produced a series of paintings under the guise of 'Patrick', which he claimed was the name of his seventy-two year old father. These were met with interest, much to the artist's amusement.